Matthew 2:20

“Saying, Arise, and take the yong childe and his mother, and goe into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the yong childes life.”

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Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's life.
- King James Version

"Get up, take the Child and His mother, and go into the land of Israel; for those who sought the Child's life are dead."
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Arise and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead that sought the young child's life.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Saying, Get up and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: because they who were attempting to take the young child's life are dead.
- Basic English Bible

Arise, take to [thee] the little child and its mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they who sought the life of the little child are dead.
- Darby Bible

Saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead who sought the young child's life.
- Webster's Bible

Rise from sleep, and take the child and His mother, and go into the land of Israel, for those who were seeking the child's life are dead.
- Weymouth Bible

Arise and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel, for those who sought the young child's life are dead.
- World English Bible

and seide, Ryse vp, and take the child and his modir, and go in to the lond of Israel; for thei that souyten the lijf of the chijld ben deed.
- Wycliffe Bible

saying, `Having risen, take the child and his mother, and be going to the land of Israel, for they have died -- those seeking the life of the child.'
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

People's Bible Notes for Matthew 2:20


Mt 2:20 Arise . . . go into the land of Israel. Notice that Joseph is not required to return to Bethlehem or to Judea, but simply to the land of Israel. They are dead which sought the young child's life. As "they" is plural, there must have been the death of more than one of those who sought the death of the Lord. Five days before the death of Herod he slew his son Antipater, a prince of dark, cruel, treacherous character, whom he expected to succeed him. Nothing could be more likely than that he had fully sympathized in the scheme of child-murder at Bethlehem. Now both, "they that sought the young child's life", were dead.

Discussion for Matthew 2

  • Andrew
    I don't think the wise men were guided by a star. Maybe an alien craft? Stars are not moving around to guide travelers and just stop above where Jesus was. Something else was guiding the wise men towards Jesus.
  • Sally
    Matthew 2:2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. He was born King of the Jews. Born- again are Jews
  • BSP
    Verse 12 Many believe that God sent the start but in this verse we see that Jehovah God is not directing the men to Herod as the star originally had done.
  • Jackie
    We know that God is not slack in him promise to his children and we know that he will all ways be there when we call on his name he come in to the world as a baby but he is Lord over all .thank you Lord for saving my sole and makeing me whole
  • Stanjett
    Matthew 2:19 View whole chapter See verse in context But when Herod was dead, behold, an angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, If Herod died here, how is it that he is still alive in Pauls time. He sit in judgement of Paul.
  • Sally
    Matthew 2:6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.

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